We have to wait for tomorrow.
"In the last few days we were a bit unlucky".
The Blues now have six players, including Olivier Giroud, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi, in the recuperating room and none of them are likely to return back to action until next year. It wasn't one of our better days technically so we could have opened ourselves up for 40 minutes and see them exploit the spaces, or we could try and do what we did and keep things tight and the keep the game under some sort of control until 20 minutes from the end and try to take our chances. Fabregas has a neck problem.
Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Crystal Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz. The Brazil global produced a delightful pass to set Kante up for the match winning strike, and then he gave off a very composed performance at the back as the Blues picked up a valuable three points for a second victory in succession, after their win at Watford on Boxing Day.
"We played against a unsafe opponent so we had to have possession, we played well in the first 45 minutes and even better in the second half, the only thing I didn't like is that we didn't kill the match off", added the Italian. "Loftus, especially, is a very great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball".
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"If Steve has mentioned that, then it's not a secret he's a target of ours and he is someone we would like to have", Hodgson said.
"What would he do?" "He would provide the attacking threat that a good centre forward should provide..." He's a proven goalscorer through all the age groups at (former club) Chelsea and England.
Kante earned a reputation as the world's best defensive midfielder after playing a key role in Chelsea and Leicester's Premier League title triumphs, as well as France's World Cup victory.
The Saints suffered a 3-0 loss to Chelsea FC in their meeting earlier this season after goals from Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley.